Guanlan at the bird market
Guanlan helping out in the village, 2010
In April 2000 the Seeberg family visited the historic
capital of China, Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, for Dr.
Seeberg to address a conference on girls’ education.
While there, two colleagues at Shaanxi Normal University
(SNU), happened to mention a scholarship project
furthering girls’ education in poor rural villages.
The professors described the effect the
scholarships had not only on the girls but the whole
village. They talked about how the girls’ inspiring
example brings a newfound respect for girls as “little
scholars” and spreads hope as the families look to
them to provide for their future. Out of that discussion
Seeberg, Sept. 29, 2004 with
four of six students who have made it through the
“junior high school gate”. These eager, 14 year- old
two years later, in 2006, successfully jumped the
“senior high school gate”.
Dr. Seeberg, Zoë and several Guanlan
sisters and their families in the village of An Jing
Gou, July 2010.